Just do it …. Later

Did you ever wonder why you are not doing what you were supposed to do?
Do you ever feel stressed because you are procrastinating?
Are you finding yourself cleaning the house while you should work on an important task like studying for an exam or doing your taxes?
Don’t worry, you are not alone: Studies found that nearly every student engages in procrastination and almost 50% procrastinate persistently.

Procrastination is defined as postponing an important task, despite being aware of potential negative consequences. While procrastinating you prioritize short-term gains over your long-term goals, which can impact your mental and physical health negatively. There are multiple theories on why we procrastinate. For instance, it has been connected to failed emotion regulation, poor time management, and a lack of motivation. Several long-term interventions have been studied.

We wanted to find out whether a short-term intervention can reduce procrastination too. In our research participants either passively watched a video about procrastination or actively followed a video about mindfulness for five days in a row. We used several types of mindfulness for the mindfulness intervention like body scans, mindful breathing, and positive affirmations. We hypothesized that the group who watched and actively exercised mindfulness will decrease their level of procrastination through increased emotion regulation abilities. Our study is still ongoing and will finish on the 16th of June. Our results will be published at the beginning of July – if we don’t procrastinate on it.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at fpn-rp2027-group29@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

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